Impact of the conservation optimism hashtag

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Impact of the conservation optimism hashtag

The hashtag #conservationoptimism became popular during the recent International Congress for Conservation Biology symposium. Michael Burgass asked me what its twitter impact was, so here is a quick analysis.

Michael also asked about #iamaconservationist, but that has too few tweets so far to make for a meaningful analysis (about 100).

To be honest, not too much has happened on this hashtag so far, so it is hard to say too much from a broad brush quantitative analysis like this, but here are a few stats.

The first tweet I got was only on 2017-07-26 and until now there have been 813 tweets from 390 users of which 133 are original tweets and the rest RTs.

I think that spike on Wednesday corresponds to EJ Milner-Gulland’s plenary at ICCB.

The distribution of tweets per user is not quite as skewed as other hashtags I have analysed. I guess becaues there are fewer users and it is the sort of hashtag that people only post once to (thought they may RT multiple others).

Here is a table of the most popular tweets.

HandleTweet# retweets
MorenaMills[email protected] inspiring action and optimism at #ICCB2017 #conservationoptimism #IAmAConservationist. More info: https://t.co/FrNtVl8U1q https://t.co/jjE9fBeMFw49
suewalker2008Post Doc opportunity on zebras in Africa! Please share widely ? #ICCB2018 #conservationoptimism https://t.co/gyXziTWinq34
ICCB2017Keep the #conservationoptimism going! Thank you @EJMilnerGulland for a fantastic message of hope! #ICCB2017 #iamaconservationist https://t.co/i4g6Q5S4TB20
abigailrdanExciting PhD opportunity in Australia for promising marine scientists who want to channel #conservationoptimism @LAFFellows @sfgucsb https://t.co/K9astyMqH417

The most popular place is Africa (probably because of that job tweet above), the most popular user EJ Milner-Gulland. Other popular words include inspire, great, share, future.

Term# of tweets
iccb398
ejmilnergulland256
iamaconservationist176
inspir98
great96
conserv89
share65
conservoptimism62
optim60
check59
action54
opportun53
info51
time51
give50
morenamills50
plenari47
want47
watch43
stori41
work40
post39
learn38
africa37
thank37
pleas36
doc35
futur35
tcogyxzitwinq35
wide35

That’s all. It might be worth doing an update on this in a few months if the tag takes off.

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